UK govt. wants to privatise the police.

"Our correspondent says the two forces have invited bids from firms including G4S, the world's largest security firm, to deliver a number of services currently undertaken by the police.

"They include responding to and investigating incidents, supporting victims and witnesses, managing high-risk individuals and patrolling neighbourhoods."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-1724295...

This sounds rife for abuse.

If they're anything like our local G4S guards ... good lord. What a terrible idea.

If there is ANY FUNCTION that is central to government, it is policing. You NEVER outsource your core competency. Never, never, not ever.

Hey, privatized police will go well alongside privatized prisons. That's what the business world calls "synergy."

How else are we supposed to get those job creating Robocops?

This will be a great boost to the bail bonds industry.

SpacePPoliceman wrote:

How else are we supposed to get those job creating Robocops?

Just what we need. A Cockney Robocop.

jdzappa wrote:

Hey, privatized police will go well alongside privatized prisons. That's what the business world calls "synergy."

The next step: Privatized courts.

Is there some kind of "biggest bunch of wankers" award for governments I am unaware of?

Malor wrote:

If there is ANY FUNCTION that is central to government, it is policing. You NEVER outsource your core competency. Never, never, not ever.

And here I thought that the government's core competency was screwing over the weak and the powerless.

How come anyone anywhere can think this is a good idea? That is unless you've got money in security companies.

I wonder if this is a gambit to help with the NHS bill. They suggest something so heinous that it makes the (utterly barking and malevolent) NHS bill look moderate, and then climb down on it and appear to be reasonable by Golden Mean Fallacy. Malcolm Tucker would be proud.

The market knows best. Who knows what innovative policing products it will come up with?

I.... Just....

I don't know how to process this...

I think this is exactly the kind of cutting-edge, out-of-the-box thinking the government needs to stimulate innovation by job creators.

The government should let the invisible handcuffs of the market decide how best to administer justice.

Usually this is like military contracting, where there's no real change in personnel or policies, just money shifted around. You replace a government worker who expects a pension and good benefits and civil service protections and make him or her into an independent contractor with the same or higher salary, but also with reduced benefits and no job protections. The money that would have been spent on higher benefits and pension funding gets pocketed by the owners of the company with the contract, which - based on what happened with the jobs program- is probably going to be someone with high-level political connections.

4xis.black wrote:
jdzappa wrote:

Hey, privatized police will go well alongside privatized prisons. That's what the business world calls "synergy."

The next step: Privatized courts.

That has already happened. The UEFA had their own court during the World Cup Soccer in Africa. The local laws were suspended in a certain area the UEFA demanded to be their soil and they would handle everything that happened in there.... Was happy to hear that the Netherlands declined running for hosting the next one after that.

Dammit, Slacker1913, I was going to post that.